Tune Into Tech: Classroom Websites

18 July 2013
Tune Into Technology:  Classroom Website
This wonderful link-up is from Learning to the Core and iTeach 1:1
This week the idea is Classroom Websites and while some might share organizational ones, I really do that based on my classroom set-up.  Instead, I'm just going to share a bunch of different ones that I use, and maybe even some you haven't seen.

Ninja Words:  A simple and quick dictionary for kids (and us, I'll be honest.  Just a great site, plus it includes the term ninjas.
 Fakebook:  Create fake-looking Facebook accounts.  This is great for using with characters in books/novels/historical or whatever else you can think of.  For U.S History imagine if each state had their own Facebook account.  Michigan and Ohio would never be friends, Texas would only have pictures of their flag (everywhere), and Illinois' would probably get shut down for taking improper bribes with politicians then posting about it.

How Stuff Works:  Great site with tons of videos, photos, and everything else.  Kids love it.  Great for science, socials students, current events.  Oh, and you should probably be listening to the podcast too.

Symbaloo:  Visual bookmark of websites.  So great for kids because it cuts down on typing in URL addresses.  We set up our home pages so that kids could use this in the computer lab.  Plus you can take other boards that have been created and use them yourself.
This is part of the boards my kids use at home to find their sites.

Draw A Stickman:  Just a fun little website that has a couple of stories using figures and shapes that kids draw.  I love doing this with the kids and they get quite the kick out of it.

Floor Planner:  This is unique because you can build homes, offices, etc.  It's like Sim City but the idea of using it with area and perimeter is very cool.  Students can design just about anything.  You do have to log in, but you can use your Google account.  It is free.

TodaysMeet:  Set up back door channeling with teachers during meetings so they can collaborate on topics, ask questions, and learn more.  This is a pretty cool little tool, but it takes some practice.

ThatQuiz.org:  This is one of my favorite sites.  It is a lot of quizzes that can be changed in complexity and amount.  I like to sit with students while they do this then we can work through questions.  It has math, vocab, spelling, and so much more.  And free, plus you can set up your own quizzes for students to take and it keeps track of it all.

Vimeo:  There are some amazin' videos on Vimeo.  Just incredibly well made HD film on there.  Great video that should be shared with the class just to spark discussion or ideas.
Check out this one below.  Just some guys that went around the world showcasing food.  It is beautiful.
AND now I'm hungry.

Universal Scale:  Cool little site from Nikon that shows how large (or small everything is.  There is a moving linear timeline that can be zoomed in and out.  Very interesting and great to use with science

Bill Nye:  I mean, do I have to say anything else?  This is a direct link to his website. Just filled with science goodness.  His shows were/are great...here's a reminder.

Okay, eleven sites should be good enough for now.  This is so fun.

You Stay Classy Bloggers.


  1. Love some of the sites you mentioned such as Symbaloo, Fakebook, and Vimeo! Found your blog from the linky. I am your newest follower. Hope you will stop by my blog.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  2. My kids would LOVE the fake Facebook site. I'm excited to check out Floor Planner for our area/perimeter unit. Thanks for linking up all these great sites.

    iTeach 1:1

  3. I am convinced you are the guru of websites-every time I come on here you have so many new ones that sound so interesting and intriguing! I definitely need to check out some of the science ones you posted (Bill Nye and How Stuff Works..) My kids watch a short story each morning during breakfast but I bet they would LOVE to watch some of these videos here and there too!! Thanks so much for linking up and with such great stuff!!

    Learning to the Core

  4. You did it again, what an amazing list of websites! My kids would love Fakebook and How Stuff Works. I'm pinning this entire post, so I don't forget any of it's awesomeness.
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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  6. You have stolen my bloggy heart by including "Bill Nye" and "Vimeo" to your post! Thanks for the follow! I can't wait to start exploring some of your great ideas!!

  7. As always you are a wealth of information. You ROCK!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. Who doesn't love a ninja!
    I posted "Draw a Stickman" on the first page of my webpage at the beginning of school. I loved it when my students came on meet the teacher. They were so excited about the site and we had an immediate connection!
    Can't wait to check out Universal Scale and That Quiz!
    Thanks for some great sites.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

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  10. I love your list of websites. My students use Fakebook every year when we are studying famous people from history. I need to put How Stuff Works in my plans for next year. BTW I love Ron Burgandy! PS. I am really new to linky and would love to leave my blog for you to see my first linky.
    Lessons Learned Lessons Loved

  11. Lots of great ideas here. I don't teach math but I will definitely share floor plan with my partner teacher! :) Thanks
    Creating Lifelong Learners
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  12. Always have such great technology integration ideas! I especially loved the Facebook idea {Even though 2nd graders don't really know what that is!}. Symbaloo, How Stuff Works, and Ninja words! Awesome stuff! thanks for sharing!


    Table Talk with C & C

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